The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) reported on March 30 that a series of counterfeit old 10,000 yen notes were used in Tokyo late this month.
A total of about 50 of these bills have been used at about 40 convenience stores and drugstores so far, and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation Division is investigating the use of counterfeit currency.
According to the department, the counterfeit 10,000-yen note depicting Prince Shotoku was used.
The banknote is watermarked, but the “inscription number,” which consists of an alphabet and six digits, is “PS○○○○○○N”.
The company said it had never issued any banknotes starting with “PS” before, indicating that they were fakes.
The penalty for making counterfeit notes is severe. The criminals probably thought that the old 10,000 yen note would not be recognizable. I hope he will be caught soon.